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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Be careful with 場合!

場合 causes problems because it can be translated as "if" and "when," but these have two different meanings. A student recently said, "The university can keep campus clean when it puts more garbage cans on campus," on a task 3 answer.
  •  "When" means something will definitely happen in the future.
  • "If" is 条件的なこと. So it might happen, or it might not.
The problem in this case is that this idea of putting more trash cans on campus was one of the task 3 speakers suggestions, not a university plan. So "if" is the correct way to express this idea.

Please use English well!